House Voting on Fiscal Cliff Agreement
January 3, 2013
Using the display of House votes for the “fiscal cliff” agreement, we can see that Republican support peaked at 45% immediately after the vote started and fell below 40% as the vote progressed. Republican support ended up with 36% of the members voting for the agreement. In contrast, Democratic support never fell below 90% for the entire time of the vote.
These figures are obtained by looking at the reported vote counts by second as reported by the House and carried on C-SPAN. The entire vote took nineteen minutes and twenty-eight seconds. It shows a common pattern of the early voting in favor of the measure and a decline in support as the vote comes to an end. Many members watch to see if the measure will pass and then decide if their vote is needed for passage.
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